LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The world’s largest movie exhibition chain announced Monday it will delay reopening its roughly 600 movie theaters nationwide as coronavirus rates continue to rise across Southern California and the rest of the nation.
AMC Theatres initially announced its plan earlier this month to reopen theaters by mid-July, but the chain now says it will open 450 theaters on July 30.READ MORE: Police Search For Driver Who Killed Bicyclist In North Hills
AMC noted that its theaters will cap capacity at 30%, although in California, public health officials have limited capacity to 25% or a maximum of 100 attendees.READ MORE: LA Teachers Union Votes To Reject State's Plan To Return To In-Person Learning
Initially the company said that all employees must wear masks, but guests would only be “strongly encouraged” to do so in states where it wasn’t required.
AMC later reversed course following “an intense and immediate outcry” from customers and said it would require all its guests to wear masks.MORE NEWS: 'Asians With Attitude' Movement Shows Solidarity With Asian-American Community In Rowland Heights
Earlier this month, the chain reported a staggering $2.2 billion in losses since the pandemic began.